Hazardous and Trace Materials in Soil and Plants

Hazardous and Trace Materials in Soil and Plants

Sources, Effects and Management

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Editors: M. Naeem, Tariq Aftab, Abid Ali Ansari, Sarvajeet Gill, Anca Macovei
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916325

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Hazardous and Trace Materials in Soil and Plants: Sources, Effects and Management explores the latest advancements in reducing, avoiding and eliminating soil contaminants that challenge the health and safety of agricultural plants. With a focus on minimizing the production of those hazardous substances, controlling their distribution and ensuring safe utilization, the book explores each contributing area and provides insights toward improved, sustainable and secure production. This is an excellent reference resource on both current research and future directions from laboratory research to field applications. The combined impacts of climate change and industrialization have led to increased and diversified threats to the health of the soil in which our food crops are grown, as well as in the plants themselves. This dual-hazard scenario is increasingly recognized as a threat to not just the environment, but to global food security as agricultural soils contaminated with pollutants alter plant metabolism, thus resulting in reduced crop quality and production quantity.

Key Features

  • Addresses the challenges of mitigating toxic substances in plants, including agricultural crops
  • Presents current status and future prospects for managing biotic and abiotic environmental stress factors through plant stress tolerance mechanisms
  • Includes chapters that address both biotic and abiotic stresses, agricultural and environmental science, toxicology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and molecular studies
  • Integrates insights and developments between environmental and plant science


Researchers, scholars and various organizations, institutes that provide advisory, business and technical support services to plant scientists, agronomists, agriculturists, biotechnologists, and those who are working in the field of plant ecophysiology and environment. Researchers and master’s students in agriculture, agronomy, plant ecophysiology, toxicology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular biology

Table of Contents



    1. An Overview of the Hazardous and Trace Materials in Soil and Plants
    2. Biological contamination and the control of biological contaminants in environment
    3. Long-term challenges, the characteristics and behavior of each hazardous material and trace element in soil
    4. Effect of selenium on soils and plants and its management

    6. Heavy metals in contaminated soils: A bird’s eye view of causes, risks and strategies for remediation
    7. Soil chemical pollution, risk assessment and remediation
    8. Soil heavy metal pollution: Impact on plants and methods of bioremediation

    10. Removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from water and wastewater through biological processes: an overview
    11. Sediment pollution in aquatic environments in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires (MABA), Argentina

    13. Hazardous elements in Plants: Sources, Effects and Management
    14. Bioaccumulation and translocation of some trace elements in co-occurring halophytes (Amaranthaceae) from Algerian saline areas
    15. Heavy metal toxicity and underlying mechanisms for heavy metal tolerance in medicinal legumes

    16. Biochemical responses of plants towards heavy metals in soil
    17. Spatial distribution of arsenic species in soil ecosystem and their effect on plant physiology
    18. Aluminium in tea plants: Phytotoxicity, tolerance and mitigation
    19. Role of phytohormones in mitigating the harmful impacts of hazardous and trace materials on agriculture crops
    20. Cadmium-mediated oxidative stress and hazard in plants and its management 

    22. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria as bioremediators of polluted agricultural soils: challenges and prospects
    23. Bacterial polyamines: A key mediator to combat stress tolerance in plants
    24. Plants and microbes assisted remediation of cadmium contaminated soil
    25. The efficiency of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on sequestration of potentially toxic elements in soil

    27. Biomonitoring of heavy metals contamination in soil ecosystem
    28. Role of nanoparticles in remediation of environmental contaminants
    29. Genomic approaches for phytoremediation of trace & hazardous materials

Product details

  • No. of pages: 390
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916325

About the Editors

M. Naeem

Dr. M. Naeem is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India. For more than a decade, he has devoted his research to improving the yield and quality of commercially important crop plants including medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). His research focuses on escalating the production of MAPs and their active principles using a novel and safe technique involving radiation-processed polysaccharides, as well as the application of potent PGRs. Dr. Naeem has published more than 90 research articles in reputable national and international journals. Also, he has authored nine books and co-authored several book chapters published by international publishers. Based on his research contributions, Dr. Naeem has received multiple awards and recognitions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

Tariq Aftab

Tariq Aftab received a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India, and is currently an Assistant Professor there. He received prestigious Leibniz-DAAD fellowship from Germany, a Raman Fellowship from the Government of India, and Young Scientist Awards from the State Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of India. He has worked as Visiting Scientist at IPK, Gatersleben, Germany, and in the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, United States. He has edited 14 books with international publishers, including Elsevier Inc., Springer Nature, and CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), co-authored several book chapters, and published over 65 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His research interests include physiological, proteomic, and molecular studies on medicinal and crop plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

Abid Ali Ansari

Abid A. Ansari is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ansari’s research work is concerned with Plant Ecology and Environment. Dr. Ansari has to his credit a number of research articles of national and international repute, twelve edited books, and number of book chapters on varied aspects of his field of research. He has been honored with NESA Distinguished Award-2020, Scientist of the Year Award-2014 and 2019, and Environmentalist of the Year Award-2011 by the National Environmental Science Academy, India. University of Tabuk also awarded him with Research Excellence-2016 and Distinguished Faculty-2020. He has also participated in various national and international conferences and acquired memberships to various scientific bodies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Sarvajeet Gill

Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill is an Assistant Professor at Centre for Biotechnology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. His research focus includes Agricultural Plant Biotechnology; Biotic & Abiotic stress biology, plant microbe interaction and in-silico understanding of plant genomes. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities he has served as Associate Editor for the Brazilian Journal of Botany, and as Guest Editor of Plant Genes. He was Guest Editor of BioMed Research International’s Special Issue (Plant Stress & Biotechnology); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Environmental Toxicology (Topic Title: Phytotoxicity of high and low levels of plant-beneficial heavy metal ions); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Crop Science and Horticulture (Topic Title: The Brassicaceae - agri-horticultural and environmental perspectives); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Plant Physiology (Topic Title: Recent insights into the double role of hydrogen peroxide in plants); and Functional Genomics Approaches to Decipher Plant Resilience to Environmental Stresses (International Journal of Plant Genomics).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Ag. Biotechnology, Stress Physiology & Molecular Biology Lab, Centre for Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, MD University, Rohtak, India

Anca Macovei

Dr. Anca Macovei earned a degree in Biology and a Masters Degree in Plant Genetic Engineering at the ‘Babes-Bolyai’ University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) followed by a PhD Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Pavia (Italy). Post-doc fellowships were at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, Philippines Currently, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology Laboratory), University of Pavia (Italy), main research topics are molecular profiling of seed quality, plant DNA Damage Response (DDR).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology Laboratory), University of Pavia, Italy

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